Gaia: a chrome extension that curates environmental news of a company


Gaia is a chrome extension which curates environment news of a brand. After installing the extension, you can highlight a word containing the company name or a brand name and then you get news affiliated with it.

They can keep you updated on the environmental impact of a certain brand. Gaia helps you become a wiser consumer because you can keep tabs on these brands' impact. Gaia supports consumers, specifically internet users, to be more aware of these companies’ environmental issues.

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Getting Started

To use the production version of Gaia, install Gaia Chrome Extension to use it directly on your Chrome browser.

Get this extension for free: pending, awaiting review

To get a local copy up and running follow these simple steps.


  • Python 3.7
  • Have Docker installed on your machine.
    Guide on installing Docker: Ubuntu, Mac or Windows
  • (Recommended for running scripts) Have pip installed on your machine. More details.


  1. Clone the repo
         git clone
  2. Create a Python virtual environment, and activate it
        virtualenv env
        source env/bin/activate
  3. Install the required Python packages defined in requirements.txt
         pip install -r requrements.txt
  4. To run the API, prepare the server directory with Docker Compose
         docker-compose up -d
  5. Run the server
         python runserver

Run Gaia Web Extension on Your Local

  1. After cloning the repository, open chrome browser.
  2. At the top right, click More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. Make sure your Developer turned on.

Developer Mode.

  1. Click Load Unpacked Button

Developer Mode.

  1. Choose web-extension on cloned repository.
  2. You have web extension run locally on your browser.

Standalone Scripts

Several standalone scripts are available for news scraping and model training purposes.

  1. - A script to scrape The Guardian news as a JSON file. The JSON format follows the data returned by The Guardian News API.
  2. - A helper script to upload file objects to IBM Cloud Object Storage.
  3. nlp/ - A script to train a custom sentiment model in IBM Cloud NLU. More guide on IBM Cloud NLU Custom Sentiment Model.

To run the scripts with Python, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Create a Python virtual environment, and activate it
        virtualenv env
        source env/bin/activate
  2. Install the required Python packages defined in requirements.txt
         pip install -r requirements.txt
  3. Run the necessary scripts
         python <file_name>.py



Gaia Chrome Extension communicates with Gaia API to retrieve news related to a brand.

Gaia API uses IBM Cloud Function to curate news from The Guardian Open Platform daily, saves them in a form of JSON file saved in IBM Object Storage, and posts a request to analyze the named-entities and sentiment about the article.

Gaia API uses a pre-trained entity model and a custom sentiment model on top of IBM Cloud NLU. The custom sentiment model is trained on approximately 250 data points, using news extracted from The Guardian Open Platform. The brand and article information is saved in IBM Cloudant.


See the open issues for a list of proposed features (and known issues).



Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to be learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.

  1. Fork the Project
  2. Create your Feature Branch (git checkout -b feature/AmazingFeature)
  3. Commit your Changes (git commit -m 'Add some AmazingFeature')
  4. Push to the Branch (git push origin feature/AmazingFeature)
  5. Open a Pull Request